Tampa Bay Symphony 3rd Annual Call for Scores Competition

The Tampa Bay Symphony is announcing its 3rd annual Call for Scores Composition Competition. Last year we received 90 entries from 16 different countries. If you entered last year and were not chosen as a finalist we encourage you to enter again this year, as so many of our entries from last year could have been finalists.

Please review our full competition rules on our website carefully. The length of the piece entered should be between 8 and 16 minutes in length, and there are other guidelines to consider as well.

Tampa Bay Symphony 3rd Annual
CALL FOR SCORES COMPETITION

The Tampa Bay Symphony is announcing a call for scores competition for living composers. One score will be selected for performance on our Spring 2019 concert series* (performances April 28, 2019, 2:30pm in Palm Harbor, FL; April 30, 8:00pm in St. Petersburg, FL; May 5, 2:30pm in Tampa, FL). Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2018 and the symphony will read/rehearse the compositions by the finalists at a public event on Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:30pm. There is a cash prize of $1,000 for the winning composer provided the composer attends at least one of the performances in person. (Please review performance dates carefully before submitting.) Up to three finalists will be chosen to have their works rehearsed by the orchestra. Each finalist is eligible for up to $250 in travel reimbursement if they are available to attend the reading rehearsal on January 20, 2019.

TIMELINE
Deadline for submission of materials: October 1, 2018.
Finalists notified by November 1, 2018
Finalists must submit parts by November 15, 2018
January 20, 2019: reading/rehearsal of finalist compositions followed by announcement of selected composition for the Spring 2019 concerts*
April 28, April 30 and May 5, 2019 Spring Series performance dates (Winning composer must attend at least one of the performances to receive the cash award of $1,000.)

*The Tampa Bay Symphony reserves the right to choose no winning selection. The Music Director will also consider all finalist works and submissions for possible future programming even if not chosen by the orchestra as the winning piece.

ELIGIBILITY
• All interested composers at any stage in their career are eligible to apply. There are no age or citizenship restrictions.
• The work must be composed after January 1, 2001.
• Only one submission per composer will be considered at this time. Please do not send multiple works. No concerti will be considered at this time.
• The work should be between 8 minutes and 16 minutes in length. Works shorter than 8 minutes or longer than 16 minutes are subject to disqualification at the sole discretion of the Tampa Bay Symphony.
• Works that have been chosen as winners or finalists in previous years may not be resubmitted, however previous winners and finalists are encouraged to submit new works.

PAST WINNERS 2017 – Season 30 – winner: Allen Molineux, Trifles Link to TBS performance of 2017 winning composition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-0laYJOUbU&feature=youtu.be 2018 – Season 31 – winner: Daniel Despins, Yetzer Hara Scheduled to be performed by TBS April/May 2018

Instrumentation
No more than 3 flutes (one doubling piccolo or one piccolo/2 flutes OK)
No more than 3 oboes (one doubling English Horn or one English Horn/2 oboes OK)
No more than 3 clarinets (one doubling Bass Clarinet or one Bass Clarinet/2 clarinets OK)
No more than 2 bassoons
No more than 5 horns
No more than 3 trumpets
No more than 3 trombones (one is bass)
No more than 1 Tuba
No more than one set of Timpani
No more than 3 percussionists (in addition to Timpani)
Strings (current TBS string numbers are 28 violins, 11 violas, 10 cellos and 6 basses) The submitted composition should include at least one full string section
WORKS WITH HARP or PIANO parts WILL NOT be eligible.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Submission of all materials is electronic. Please send an email to Susan Rhein at susan@tampabaysymphony.org using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest, including the following:
• PDF of the score of the submission
• PDF of program notes and performance history for the submission if it has previously been performed. New works that have not been performed are also welcomed.
• Audio (.mp3) or video (.mov /.mp4) recordings of the work, or links to on-line recordings, if available (This is not required, MIDI representations are acceptable.)
• A brief bio of the composer submitting the work with contact EMAIL address and phone number
• A $25 USD non-refundable application fee must be received by the Tampa Bay Symphony by October 1, 2018. This application fee can be paid via PayPal invoice or by mailing a check payable to Tampa Bay Symphony addressed as follows: Tampa Bay Symphony, ATTN: Composition Contest, PO Box 4653, Clearwater, FL 33758. Contact Susan Rhein at email address listed below to receive a PayPal invoice for the entry fee.

Files over 20MB should be submitted using a file-sharing service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Please address questions to Susan Rhein at susan@tampabaysymphony.org using a subject line of TBS Composition Contest.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL The Tampa Bay Symphony is comprised of 80 + volunteer musicians of high skill level. Most standard orchestral repertoire is well-executed by the TBS. Samples of works performed over the last three years include: Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto Beethoven Symphony #6 Dvorak Symphony #8 Elgar Enigma Variations Holst Beni Mora SuiteLiszt Piano Concerto #1 Puccini Highlights from Madama Butterfly Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Shostakovich Symphony #5 Strauss (Richard) Four Last Songs Sibelius Symphony #1 Tchaikovsky Symphony #2

The difficulty level of submitted works will be a consideration in the selection process. While challenging works in the standard repertoire are doable by the Tampa Bay Symphony, due to the limited rehearsal time and the unfamiliar nature of recently written compositions, composers are advised not to send works of exceptional difficulty level. There are numerous videos on YouTube of the Tampa Bay Symphony performing in recent years.

1 Oct 2018
25.00
U.S. Dollar (USD)